Broiled Flaxseed Country Bread: my favorite bread recipe!

This is it--our favorite bread to make.

This is it–our favorite bread.

When the kids and I started selling breads and other baked goodies and garden vegetables at our local farmer’s market a few years ago, our intention was to sell extra veggies from our garden (since I cannot control myself where planting is concerned, and always end up with much, much more than we can use!) and at the last moment, I stirred up a few batches of bread to fill out our table.  My bunches of radishes and spinach and basil sold, all right, but people really got more excited about my homemade bread.  There were no other vendors at the farmer’s market who sold bread, though there were several who sold garden produce.

So the next week, I made a few more batches of bread, and my daughters made some smaller goodies:  fancy muffins and quick breads.  They all sold well, too, along with my organically-raised spinach, lettuces, and radishes and other early vegetables from my garden.

Then my mom joined us with her practically perfect pies, her chewy cookies and her piece de resistance: glazed homemade donuts!  Bam!  Overnight we were known as the “bread ladies” and my garden produce, though it still sold, took backseat to our baked goods.

Here's my darling mom at our Farmer's Market table in Seward.  Wouldn't you buy a pie from this lady?

Here’s my darling mom at our Farmer’s Market table in Seward. Wouldn’t you buy a pie from this lady?

People line up every week for these babies:  fresh homemade glazed donuts!

Mom has been making these raised yeast donuts for as long as I can remember.  Dad sold them at his drugstore in Nelson when I was a girl.

Mom has been making these raised yeast donuts for as long as I can remember. Dad sold them at his drugstore in Nelson when I was a girl.
Here's a pile of fresh breads, cooling before we can bag them up for sale.

Here’s a pile of fresh breads, cooling before we bag them up for sale.

But that’s a whole ‘nother story.  Hold the ‘phone, kids, because I’m going to share with you my own recipe for Broiled Flaxseed Country Bread.  I used a broiled loaf recipe from a James Beard cookbook, added whole wheat flour and ground flaxseed, made a few other changes, and made it my own.  It’s my best seller at our farmer’s market every summer, and it is the bread that people line up at our table early each week to buy.  The first summer I made it, Matthew (our oldest) was still at home, and it was his favorite.  That’s why I used to call it “Matthew’s Country Loaf.”

Now you can make it in your own kitchen!  Here’s how:

Broiled flaxseed bread: my favorite bread recipe!

Recipe Type: bread
Author: Amy from
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Total time: 55 mins
Serves: 6 loaves
I’ve thrown a lot of other ingredients into this bread, depending on my mood and what I might have on hand. Toasted walnuts are good, as are sunflower seeds–even raisins if you fancy them!
  • 3 T dry yeast
  • 3 T coarse salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 cup ground flaxseeds, plus a handful of whole ones for sprinkling
  • 3 c warm water
  • 7 cups unbleached flour
  • 7 cups (give or take) whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • cornmeal
  • 1 egg, separated
  1. I use my Bosch mixer to make this bread, but you can certainly do this by hand or even use another type of mixer. The Bosch cuts your kneading time down, though.
  2. Stir the yeast and the salt and the warm water all together in your mixer bowl.
  3. Add the ground flaxseeds, the unbleached flour, the oil, and the buttermilk. Separate the egg and throw the yolk in, and mix. (Save the white.)
  4. Turn the mixer on and add the whole wheat flour, one cup at a time, until the dough forms a ball and begins to clean the sides of the bowl. Set the timer for 5 minutes and let the mixer knead the dough. If you are mixing it by hand, dump it out and knead by hand for at least 5 minutes.
  5. Remove to a buttered bowl and turn to coat the surface with butter. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk.
  6. Punch the dough down, and divide into 6 pieces. Form into balls and place on two greased (and cornmeal-sprinkled) cookie sheets. Whisk the egg white with 1 Tb. water. Make a few slashes in each one with a sharp knife, and then paint with the egg white/water wash. Sprinkle with coarse salt and whole flaxseeds.
  7. Let loaves rise until nearly double.
  8. Turn on the broiler in your oven and slide the bread in. (Watch carefully as it will burn quickly!) When browned (about 2-3 minutes), exchange the pans so the bottom pan browns, also.
  9. After broiling, turn the oven to Bake at 375, and set your timer for 30 minutes. Bread is done when it is golden brown and is quite firm on the underside.
  10. Cool on racks, and if you can hold back the hordes of suddenly-hungry family members, slice when cool. Eat with softened butter.

If you try out this recipe, I’d love to hear how it works for you in the Comments box below!  If the risk of burning it, by the way, during the broiling step frightens you, you can omit that step.  It is rather a fancy, yet risky, step.  Happy bread-baking!

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16 thoughts on “Broiled Flaxseed Country Bread: my favorite bread recipe!

  1. Shawn

    There are those who bake and those who eat. I am the eater and so hungry now after your pictures. I would happily go into diabetic shock for your mom’s donuts and would flip over the bread. Yum, thanks for sharing!

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Liz, flaxseed is one of my favorites, too, and so I find I have to toss it in everything, from breads to cereals to salads! It’s so nutritious! Thanks for reading!

  2. Chef William

    Wow, that does look like a great recipe. I try to use flex seed in my diet daily and will make a loaf of this bread during the week. James Beard was one of my mentors. He really did cook “Down to earth” foods although by today’s standards, they might be considered a little “fat” heavy. He liked to use farm fresh ingredients. I’m sure that if he and Julia Child were around today there would be a special TV network just for their style of cooking. Thanks for sharing.

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Thank you, William. Let me know how the bread turns out for you! All my “little blue-haired ladies” at market love to buy this bread, because their doctors have urged them to increase the flaxseed in their diets for their hearts! I love James Beard and his cookbook, “Beard on Bread,” although I always find that I have to change recipes to suit me. I grind my own white wheat flour, for example, so I almost always have to throw some of it in. Yes, he and Julia Child would probably get along well, throwing in sticks of butter and swigging away at the wine! Ha! I’d like to see that.

  3. Paula D'Andrea

    I love how you evolved from veggies to baked goods,
    and that it’s a team effort within your family.

    I love my local farmer’s market…. wish you were
    close enough to try some of your bread!
    Rock on ~ Paula

  4. Julie Jordan Scott

    Wow. This is a recipe (and story!) definitely worth keeping. I rarely make bread, but this recipe sounds absolutely spectacular. Once again, the value of the Ultimate Blog Challenge rises up to hug me in so many different ways!

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      I could give you a hug myself, Julie, for promoting my blog post so nicely! Let me know if you make my bread, and how it turns out!

  5. cookinmom

    Hi Amy, just wanted to let you know that I mixed 1/2 of a batch of your cheese bread last night (as I only had a 3 qt container and didn’t know if a 1 gallon would fit your whole cheese recipe when it rises). Will try today to bake it! Next, I would like to try this one as I will cut this one in half also! You got me back into making bread a different way! Can’t wait to see if it is successful! Tks again!

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      I’m so proud of you! My mom makes this bread now also, baking just one loaf at a time, sliding it into the hot oven on a pizza peel, like the original recipe states to do.

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